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Natasha L. Logan Appointed Deputy Director at Creative Time, the Public Arts Nonprofit in New York City

Natasha L. Logan Appointed Deputy Director at Creative Time, the Public Arts Nonprofit in New York City

CREATIVE TIME, the public arts nonprofit that commissioned Kara Walker’s monumental sugar sphinx in Brooklyn and presented Nick Cave’s herd of dancing horses in Grand Central Station, named a new deputy director. Natasha L. Logan has been promoted to the role. She joined Creative Time in 2016, serving as project manager and director of programming,...
Latest News in African American Art: Curators Named for First-Ever Tennessee Triennial, Kehinde Wiley Sculpture in Times Square, Arthur Ashe Boulevard Dedicated in Richmond & More

Latest News in African American Art: Curators Named for First-Ever Tennessee Triennial, Kehinde Wiley Sculpture in Times Square, Arthur Ashe Boulevard Dedicated in Richmond & More

  The following review presents a snapshot of the recent news in African American art and related black culture:   Lauren Haynes and Teka Selman Named Co-Curators for Inaugural Tennessee Triennial A new triennial launching in Tennessee in 2021 will be co-organized by Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of...
Veteran Museum Director Spencer Crew is Serving as Interim Head of Smithsonian African American Museum

Veteran Museum Director Spencer Crew is Serving as Interim Head of Smithsonian African American Museum

  THE SMITHSONIAN’S black history museum has been entrusted to Spencer R. Crew, a curator, scholar, and veteran museum director. In the wake of Lonnie Bunch’s appointment as secretary of the entire Smithsonian Institution, the founding director of the National Museum of African America History and Culture (NMAAHC) tapped Crew, 60, as his temporary replacement....
Los Angeles-based Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens is Now Represented by Jack Shainman Gallery

Los Angeles-based Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens is Now Represented by Jack Shainman Gallery

  NEW GALLERY REPRESENTATION for up-and-coming artists often follows a succession of critical recognition—high-profile awards, acquisitions, and exhibitions. Diedrick Brackens has achieved all of that and then some over the past year. The Los Angeles-based textile artist was invited to participate in the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum last summer, won the...
Culture Talk: Curator Julie Crooks on Art Gallery of Ontario's Acquisition of 3,500 Historic Caribbean Photographs

Culture Talk: Curator Julie Crooks on Art Gallery of Ontario’s Acquisition of 3,500 Historic Caribbean Photographs

  A NEW ACQUISITION has enriched both the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the communities it serves. Presented with the opportunity to help the Toronto museum acquire more than 3,500 historic photographs, members of the local black and Caribbean communities stepped up, helping to raise $300,000. The largesse of 27 donors made possible the...
Courtney J. Martin Appointed Director of Yale Center for British Art, an Opportunity the Yale Alum Called 'Too Good to Pass Up'

Courtney J. Martin Appointed Director of Yale Center for British Art, an Opportunity the Yale Alum Called ‘Too Good to Pass Up’

  FOR THE FIRST TIME in 17 years, the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), will have a change in leadership. Courtney J. Martin, deputy director and chief curator of the Dia Art Foundation and Yale alum, has been named the next director of YCBA. Yale University President Peter Salovey announced the appointment in April...
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Adds Finance Figures Mellody Hobson and Robbie Robinson to Trustee Board

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Adds Finance Figures Mellody Hobson and Robbie Robinson to Trustee Board

  THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA), which is developing a new $650 million building, announced three appointments to its board of trustees—Colleen Bell, Melody Hobson, and Robbie Robinson. Two of the new members, Hobson and Robinson, are formidable figures in Chicago’s finance and investment world. Bell, a media executive and former U.S....
Chakshu Patel Appointed to Top Fundraising Post at Studio Museum in Harlem

Chakshu Patel Appointed to Top Fundraising Post at Studio Museum in Harlem

THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM named Chakshu Patel director of institutional advancement today. She is charged with developing a fundraising strategy to support the ambitious mission and vision of the museum, which recently celebrated 50 years by embarking on a new building project. Patel will begin her new position June 17. “I am excited to...
Portrait of 'Imara in Her Winter Coat' Earns Top Prize in UK Competition, 12 Portraits Depicting Black Subjects are Recognized

Portrait of ‘Imara in Her Winter Coat’ Earns Top Prize in UK Competition, 12 Portraits Depicting Black Subjects are Recognized

  A STRIKING PORTRAIT of a black woman was awarded first prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. “Imara in Her Winter Coat” by Charlie Schaffer won the BP Portrait Award 2019. The winning portrait and 43 other top entries will be on view in an exhibition that opens June 13 at the National...
United Talent Agency Taps Arthur Lewis to Lead UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space

United Talent Agency Taps Arthur Lewis to Lead UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space

UNITED TALENT AGENCY announced today that Arthur Lewis will lead the fine arts arm of the Los Angeles-based talent and entertainment firm. Lewis will serve as creative director of UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space, advising visual artists represented by the agency and overseeing exhibitions, programming and partnerships through its Beverly Hills presentation and...
Photograph From Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems Sets New Artist Record at Phillips Auction

Photograph From Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems Sets New Artist Record at Phillips Auction

  A PHOTOGRAPH from Kitchen Table Series, the seminal body of work Carrie Mae Weems created in 1990, set a new artist record today. “Untitled (man smoking) from Kitchen Table Series” sold for $70,000 (including fees). The price was about twice the estimate of $25,000-$35,000. The record was set May 7 during “Artist | Icon...
58th Venice Biennale: Arthur Jafa Wins Golden Lion Award, Top Artist Prize

58th Venice Biennale: Arthur Jafa Wins Golden Lion Award, Top Artist Prize

Arthur Jafa accepts 2019 Golden Lion in Venice.   AN INTERNATIONAL JURY awarded the top artist prize at the 58th Venice Biennale to Arthur Jafa. The American artist and filmmaker won the Golden Lion recognizing the best participant in “May You Live in Interesting Times,” the international exhibition curated by Ralph Rugoff. Jafa was honored...
Latest News in African American Art: Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)

Latest News in African American Art: Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)

Camille Billops (1933-2019), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019)   The following review presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   TWO LEGENDARY New York City artists have died. Painter Joe Overstreet passed away yesterday. He co-founded Kenkeleba House, a Lower East Side artist space in 1974. Meanwhile, Camille Billops, a singular figure...
Leah Chase, Pioneering Creole Chef and Passionate Art Collector, Has Died at 96

Leah Chase, Pioneering Creole Chef and Passionate Art Collector, Has Died at 96

Chef Leah Chase (1923-2019)   THE COLLECTION of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., includes portraits of America’s most iconic figures—legends of culture, politics, and history. When the most prominent among these national treasures dies, the Smithsonian museum recognizes their life and legacy by displaying their portrait in a designated In Memoriam space on...